No Country for Old Men [2008] Movie Review Recommendation

No Country for Old Men [2007]

The Fargo brothers make another masterpiece. I’m guessing that you probably heard about this movie or seen it (after all it won four Oscars), but I have to put in my reviews. This is, in my humble opinion, their best movie. Not only this is a neo western, but this is also a neo noir flick, created in such a way that the two intertwine and create this unique feeling of seeing something never seen before. Based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel No Country for Old Men, movie features that dark vibe that we witnessed in Coen’s earlier work (Blood Simple, Fargo), without much comedy. You can compare it to those two, but here we can enjoy in their progress and bigger budget that enabled some truly mesmerizing shots. Cinematography was phenomenal throughout the movie, no matter where the story was happening. I am still lost in those prolonged shots of Texas plains, totally immersed in the screen. I could feel the cold air and hear all kinds of sounds of nature… I think we have gone through the visuals so now it’s time for the story and characters.

No Country for Old Men [2008] Movie Review Recommendation PosterLlewelyn Moss in a Texas wasteland discovers a pile of money (leftovers from a drug deal gone bad), instead of going to the police he decides to keep the cash, and then shit starts to happen.

If you still haven’t seen the movie, I must keep some of the details from you because you will enjoy it much, much more if you don’t know what’s about to happen. So, after you have been hit with this wave of impressive visuals, it’s time for the story to start unfolding. There are no melodramatic moments, emotional milking, just something that seems very real and extremely engaging. All the events that are unfolding in front of your eyes feel like they could have happened in real life. This creates an incredibly gripping atmosphere that sometimes feels too intense, like a car crash that you are certain is going to happen. This makes most of the movie very memorable. I can still recall most of the scenes and I haven’t seen the movie too many times. Of course, this was Josh Brolin’s break-out role and he did a superb job along with the rest of the cast. If he retires from acting next year, he will be remembered. Javier was frighteningly good as Anton Chigurh, showing us how would an encounter with a truly evil person go and Tommy was Tommy, grizzled veteran doing what he does best. There are so many elements to think about here, starting with the main story of greed, justice and crime and continuing to individual characters, their decisions and destinies. You are simply overwhelmed by this level of quality and left there skull-fucked by the Coen brothers. I thought I liked threesomes, but after this movie, I love them.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson

Fun Stuff: The Coen Brothers used a photo of a brothel patron taken in 1879 as a model for Anton Chigurh’s hair style. When he first saw his new haircut, Javier Bardem said “Oh no, now I won’t get laid for the next two months”. The Coens responded by happily high-fiving; Bardem’s response meant Chigurh would look as creepy as they’d hoped.


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